Niagara Falls Man Pleads Guilty to Prescription Fraud

June 21, 2011 Updated Jun 21, 2011 at 5:05 PM EDT

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Niagara Falls Man Pleads Guilty to Prescription Fraud

June 21, 2011 Updated Jun 21, 2011 at 5:05 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced Tuesday that Robert Bradley, 31, of Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty to attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud before U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of four years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Bradley will be sentenced September 26.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John E. Rogowski, who is handling the case, stated that the defendant attempted to use a prescription he knew was fraudulent to acquire OxyContin, a controlled substance, on January 13, 2010, from a pharmacy in Niagara Falls, New York. The prescription was purportedly authorized for a third party by Dr. Pravin Mehta, a doctor who closed his Niagara Falls medical office after being arrested on federal drug distribution charges on January 27, 2011.

When Bradley attempted to have the prescription filled, an alert pharmacist suspected that it might be fraudulent and called Niagara Falls Police. The police then contacted the person in whose name the prescription had been issued. She informed police that while she was a patient of Dr. Mehta, she had never been prescribed a controlled substance and had not been to see the doctor that day. Police proceeded to the pharmacy and Bradley attempted to flee. During his plea, Bradley admitted that he received the script from a former employee of Mehta.

The Bradley case is part of a larger investigation into the abuse of prescription drugs in Niagara Falls, New York. Bradley is the fourth defendant to plead guilty.